A book lover's Nirvana

A book lover's Nirvana

Every summer I seem to forgo anything cultural and proceed to stuff my face with delicious food festival creations. (And by creations, I mean deep fried Snickers bars.)  But since Chicago Quirk readers are the epitome of cultural sophistication, I figured I’d give you a few fancy but still quirky events happening this weekend to partake in.

Sift through more than 120,000 books at the annual Newberry Library Book Fair. Starting at noon today you can find anything from your new favorite paperback or a rare first edition hard cover. The book fair runs until Sunday at 6:00 p.m., but you’ll want to get there before the books are too picked over. And while you’re at it, check out the informative and very entertaining book fair blog. It will give you information on the fair’s best offerings and a behind-the-scenes look at the event.

I know Shakespeare can confuse many people, but it’s time to dive in with this Shakespeare in the Park performance of the “Taming of the Shrew.” One of my favorites, this comedy will feature 10 performances in parks throughout the city until the middle of August. If you haven’t heard of it, ready the synopsis for the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”; the movie is based on this play.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue takes place this weekend, and while this isn’t really a cultural event per say, you can enjoy local art while stuffing your face. You’ll find the Lill Street Craft Fair inside the Taste of Lincoln Avenue, a collection of handmade pieces using virtually every medium. And since the Lill Street Art Center is known for its amazing works of art, this showcase holds much promise.

Don’t forget one of my summer favorites: the Randolph Street Market is running this weekend. If you go, bring sunscreen. I got roasted last month.


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